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Hailes Castle

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Address: East Linton, Scotland

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Hidden gem

On our last day in Scotland, we were out driving on a beautiful sunny day and stumbled upon a sign to this lovely gem. The closer we got, the narrower the road seemed to get until... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eric H
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our last day in Scotland, we were out driving on a beautiful sunny day and stumbled upon a sign to this lovely gem. The closer we got, the narrower the road seemed to get until we finally happened upon the ruins. We were pleased to find it wasn't crowded (not your typical tourist attraction) - just a few people... More 

Thank Eric H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took youngsters to roll eggs. A wonderful day out and a lovely place to visit. Fascinating ruins in a beautiful location on the river bank, well worth a visit. Only limited parking on a narrow road.

Thank jnd67
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place I walk or cycle from haddington there is parking outside not much but enough it's never too busy, you can explore the castle for free all of it and it's great for all ages if you like a climb there are some great views from the top of the castle

Thank Hayley M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Normally the free entry Historic Scotland sites are small or can only be viewed externally. For Hailes castle I think the only reason why there is no fee is the restricted access (windy single track road) keeps down visitor numbers. The castle is big enough to meet the kids exploring, it's in a beautiful location on the river so would... More 

Thank Kath M
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

A ruined castle down narrow lanes. OK to find in a car but a motorhome might find it difficult. Not much parking space when you get there. A good well signposted walk along River Tyne from East Linton. A shorter walk is to park at the lay-by picnic site on A199 at Pencraig Hill and walk down to castle via... More 

Thank Keith W
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

An idyllic spot overlooking the river. Free entry to an amazing ruined castle. Lots of nooks and crannies. A great place to have a picnic and let the kids explore. Hide and seek would be great fun here.

Thank jhgWorcester
Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

tucked away on the banks of the North Tyne River is a little gem - one of those places which you feel is full of history and drama - if the stones could speak what stories they would tell. There are a few information boards but you should use your imagination to understand this lovely now tranquil spot in the... More 

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Reviewed 6 September 2016

The ruins of Hailes Castle are set in the most beautiful spot by the banks if the River Tyne. We had the whole place to ourselves. A great place for a picnic. A very interesting place, steeped in history.

Thank HappiholzLancashire
Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit. Lovely setting on the banks of the Tyne. Kids can explore the castle with lots of information boards giving the history of the castle. Peaceful grounds ideal for a picnic or just while away an hour or so.

Thank Mark M
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend a visit to Hailes Castle. Wonderfully maintained castle in a very scenic location. No one else there when we visited which was a shame (but good for us!). Cycle route 76 is a good way to visit!

Thank SmithDavidM

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